Introduction: Viking Voyage (00:27)
The Vikings crossed oceans in open boats without navigational tools and pulled ships across land to avoid rocky seas. It is a mystery how they reached the Black Sea and Americas.
Voyage Preparation (05:13)
At Bergen Port, a knarr replica is loaded to cross the North Sea; the crew hopes to gain perspective on Viking experiences. The Captain is accompanied by master sailor Robin Knox-Johnston; archaeologist David McCulloch, and historian Tinna Damgaard-Sorensen meet in Denmark to study excavated boats.
First Leg (07:17)
The crew assembles and boards the knarr replica; they row from shore and then hoist their sails. Knox-Johnston makes the first indicators on a sun shadow compass; they travel up Shetland Fjord to Hernar Island. Such voyages are described in Viking sagas; artwork and excavated ships reveal rigging systems.
North Sea Embarkment (07:48)
After spending the night on Hernar Island, the crew delays departure for eight hours, finding the waters too rough. They take ship before midnight, relying on Knox-Johnston's sensibilities for navigation. High waves and wind speeds briefly threaten to flood the ship.
Discovering Norse History (03:48)
After sailing all night, the crew sleeps; Knox-Johnston checks their position against the sun shadow compass, finding them pushed too southerly. The Vikings began arriving in Pict occupied Shetland around 800 AD; excavated sites suggest the societies peacefully coexisted.
High Seas (05:50)
The wind eases and blows from the wrong direction; the ship slows, weighted by thirteen tons of stone ballast. The crew uses an engine to correct course; cloud cover requires reliance on wave direction for navigation. Weather conditions worsen and they must wait before hoisting sails again.
Successful Journey (06:51)
Weather conditions improve and the knarr replica is on due west course for Shetland; signs of land appear. They land in Out Skerries as intended. Knox-Johnston praises the boat's design, and construction.
Last Leg (10:58)
The crew unloads the ballasts; skids are positioned and lubricated. The ship is pulled out of the water, but the keel breaks; a rope is fastened around the stern and local volunteers haul the knarr over a narrow strip of Shetland, into the Atlantic Ocean.
Credits: Viking Voyage (00:47)
Credits: Viking Voyage
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